Brewers defeat Shuckers 7-4 in Saturday exhibition

Published: Apr. 2, 2016 at 10:44 PM CDT
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BILOXI, MS (Biloxi Shuckers) - A vibrant crowd of 5,152 at MGM Park on Saturday afternoon witnessed history as the first Major League Baseball team visited Biloxi since 1938.

The Milwaukee Brewers collected a 7-4 victory in a game that featured five home runs and a total of 37 participants. The Shuckers also unveiled their brand new mascot, Schooner the Seagull, during a rousing ceremony in the middle of the first inning.

The Shuckers jumped on top of their parent club by scoring a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Nathan Orf. Kyle Wren scored the run after reaching on a leadoff walk and a stolen base.

The Brewers tied and took the lead in the third on a pair of home runs from Domingo Santana and Ryan Braun, who has homered in three-straight preseason games for Milwaukee.

An RBI groundout by Jonathan Villar and RBI single from Martin Maldonado extended the Brewers lead to 4-1 in the fourth.

Biloxi starter Jorge Ortega suffered the exhibition game loss, allowing four runs on five hits over 4.0 innings of work on the mound. The 22-year-old, who is slated to start game five of the season for the Shuckers, walked two and struck out four Brewers.

Shuckers' starting catcher Jacob Nottingham trimmed the lead to 4-2 with a long home run to left-center field in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nottingham, who also had a double in the game, was acquired by Milwaukee from Oakland on February 12.

Substitutions and breaking the rules of baseball began to be the theme from here on out, as several Shuckers players appeared for their parent club. Nick Ramirez smacked an RBI double off Drew Gagnon in the fifth inning for the Brewers, extending the lead to 5-2.

Brett Phillips struck out in each of his first two at-bats against Chase Anderson, but connected for a two-run home run in the sixth inning off reliever Tristan Archer to cut the lead to 5-4. Archer was another Shucker that pitched for Milwaukee.

Things really went off the tracks in the eighth inning, as Brewers' bench coach and seven-year MLB veteran Jason Lane blasted a solo homer to start the top of the eighth inning for Milwaukee. Lane had 61 home runs over 500 games played from 2002-07 and 2014.

The Crew capped off their scoring with an RBI single from Colin Walsh in the ninth. The knock scored another Shucker/Brewer, Nick Shaw.

After a shaky start, Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson earned the win for the Brewers in his final tune-up, giving up just two runs on three hits over five innings. He closed the preseason with a 2-1 mark on the mound.

The Shuckers will open the 2016 regular season on Thursday against the Chattanooga Lookouts at 6:40 p.m.